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Challenge Day At Roslyn High School

“Unforgettable.” “Inspiring.” “Eye-opening.” These are just some of the superlatives used by students and faculty members to describe Challenge Day, which was attended by freshmen and members of the Roslyn High School faculty and staff on Nov. 19, 20 and 21. The object of Challenge Day is straight-forward: to create a school environment in which every student feels safe and supported by peers and adults. 


On each of the three days, about one-third of the ninth-grade class, as well as 30 teacher and staff volunteers, were guided through a day-long series of games and activities by two experienced group leaders from the Challenge Day organization. While the activities were lively and engaging, they had a serious purpose. By the end of the day, participants achieved both a heightened understanding of the impact of their own behavior and a poignant realization that their

experiences and struggles are shared by others. The strong emotional response felt by many during the course of the day was evoked by an emerging awareness that there is much more to each of us than the face we present to the world each day, as well as by a deep sense of responsibility, which was kindled in students and adults alike, for the well-being of others.


Also participating in the program were 24 senior peer leaders, who will meet with freshmen in the coming months, under the supervision of faculty, to reinforce the lessons and help to fulfill the promise of Challenge Day.


With this first Challenge Day in the district, Roslyn joins hundreds of other schools around the nation, including several dozen on Long Island, whose focus on social and emotional learning has been greatly enhanced by this extraordinary and moving program.


Roslyn High School is grateful to the Parent Faculty Association and the Roslyn Bulldogs Booster Association for their generous support of Challenge Day.


— Submitted by Roslyn School District


Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within

the town’s boundaries.


Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of

North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.

For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.


Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.


Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.

Registration for Farmingdale’s Over the Hill Gang Softball League will take place Feb. 1, Feb. 8 and Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. - Noon at the Allen Park meeting room on Motor Ave. in Farmingdale. The league is open to men 40 and over who live in Farmingdale or the Town of Oyster Bay area. Players can also apply online at, however must attend one registration session to show proof of age and residency.


— Submitted by Jerry Mazza


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